This paper addresses the ambiguity of radar altimetry related to the statistical nature of the Earth's surface roughness. A hypothetic altimetry method, which provides a simple way to quantify the measures of ambiguity, is proposed. Cramer-Rao lower bounds on the variances of estimates for the mean altitude and root-mean-square height of the sea surface are suggested as such quantitative measures. The accuracy of some types of air- and spaceborne radar altimeters is numerically analyzed against the derived lower bounds.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Computer Networks and Communications
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering